Zac Goldsmith Defended Voting For ESA WRAG Cut By Saying It Is Not Simply A Cut
This is slightly old, readers, but sometimes, old is gold.
Zac Goldsmith has defended his decision to vote for cuts to disability benefit, after being forced to step down as patron of a Richmond charity.
The Richmond Park MP was asked to resign from his role of patron to Richmond Advice and Information on Disability (Richmond AID) after voting for cuts which could mean £1,500 less a year for those claiming the benefits.
Mr Goldsmith said the philosophy behind the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was that people are best helped by being enabled to get back into work.
The Conservative mayoral candidate said: “It is not just simply a cut, there is a new government fund which will be up to £100m which is specifically to help people get back to work.
Readers, Same Difference has to wonder: If such a fund has been set up, how hard will it be to successfully apply for support from it? As hard as the current system of hardship payments, which JobCentre advisers are told in training not to mention?
Even more worryingly, Zac Goldsmith seems to be among the group of MPs who were told that people in the WRAG can work.